Oakland's last-minute bid to keep the Raiders from relocating to Las Vegas has met a cold reception from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
On Friday, the city submitted a $1.3billion bid for a mixed-use stadium project that would keep the Raiders in Oakland. Later that same day, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, saying the plan is not "actionable in a reasonable time frame."
"We have been prepared for nearly two years to work on finding a solution based on access to land at a certain cost, without constraints on the location of the stadium or timing of construction, and clarity on the overall development,"Goodell wrote, viathe East Bay Times. "However, at this date, there remains no certainty regarding how the site will be fully developed, or the specific and contractually-defined nature of the participation by Fortress (Oakland's financial partner) or other parties. In addition, the long-term nature of the commitment to the A’s remains a significant complication and the resolution of that issue remains unknown.
"Despite all of these efforts, ours and yours, we have not yet identified a viable solution," Goodell continued. "It is disappointing to me and our clubs to have come to that conclusion."
NFL team owners are expected to vote Monday on the Raiders proposal to relocate to Las Vegas. The team needs the approval of 24 of 32owners to move.
CBS Sports'Jason La Canforareported Thursday that momentum seems to be building for Raiders owner Mark Davis to get the approval he needs to move to Vegas. He wrote,"The league is incredibly careful about if or when a matter this large gets before the entire caucus of 32 owners for a relocation vote, and the mere fact that a vote of that very nature is scheduled for Monday is further indication that the Raiders are on the move."
Schaaf told ESPN Friday she believes Oakland's new stadium plan is viable.
"At the end of the day, this is the decision of the Raiders and the NFL,"Schaaf said."What I am confident about is, if the Raiders want to stay in Oakland, we have a viable plan to build them a stadium with no upfront money from them, in financial terms that I believe are more favorable to them than the terms in Las Vegas —what we know of them."